London locations, but check websites for location near you:
SELFRIDGES FOOD HALL, 400 Oxford St. W1A 1AB; 7629-1234(www.selfridges.com
); Bond St. or Marble Arch Tube
Wonder at the variety: the food AND the prices. Can be pricey, but has a fantastic deli, kosher food, 38 varieties of olives, ready meals, fresh fish, a butcher's, salt-beef bar, and sushi bar. The wine shop is also good if so inclined. Who says LC is austere?
SAFEWAY, 159-69 Edgeware Rd. W2; 7723-1946 (www.safeway.co.uk
); Paddington Tube/Rail
Reasonably priced eggs and veg (get those leafy greens in!) This location has a small halal/kosher counter [halal sliced beef, 1.72/340g]. Some nice cheeses. Buy your basics here for less.
SAINSBURY'S, 158A Cromwell Rd. SW7; 7373-8313 (www.sainsburys.co.uk
); Earl's Ct. or Glouster Rd. Tube
Fresh meats, fish, eggs, veg, nuts. Economy-sized parcels of meat that you can divide for freezing. Some locations have rotisserie chicken, my favourite! Mid-range prices.
WAITROSE, 199 Finchley Rd. NW3; 7624-0453 (www.waitrose.com
); Finchley Rd. Tube
Fresh meats, fish, eggs, nuts, veg. Good for organics, free-range meats and eggs. Deli has hot food [roast chicken 3.79 each] and cold [seafood salad 1.79/100g]. Highly recommended cheese counter. Mid to expensive prices.
Neal's Yard Dairy, 17 Shorts Gardens, WC2; 7240-5700
Covent Garden Tube
These cheeses are ALIVE with flavour! Ultimate selection! And they want you to sample everything!
Ginger Pig, Borough Market, SE1; 07801-847245
London Bridge Tube/Rail
Naturally reared pork, beef, free-range organic chicken, lamb. Some of the best quality meat anywhere.
Spitalfields Market, Commercial St. btwn Lamb St. and Brushfield St., E1; Liverpool St. Tube/Rail
Looking for organic produce, and lots of it? Look no further than Spitalfields from 10am until 5pm, Sundays! They've got it all, including farm fresh eggs, cheeses, and some meats.
Fresh & Wild, 49 Parkway, NW1; 7428 7575 (www.freshandwild.com
) Camden Town Tube
Ever drool over a red pepper or a bunch of spinach? You will after visiting this store-- fantastic array of organic veg, nuts, and soy products. Tea selection is good and suppliments numerous with lots of info available to help with selection. Also locations in Soho and Clapham Junction, among others.